I have wondered if anyone has issues with getting a quality rheumatologist in your area. I live outside of a metropolitan area, yet there are very few good rheumatologists here. My current rheumatologist will not prescribe pain meds AT ALL, which I find ridiculous given that the majority of patients they see live with pain on a daily basis. My overall well-being has been impacted because I have daily pain that is wearing me down. It isn't significant pain, but it is enough to interfere with sleep and everyday work. I had some hope when I asked my PCP if there was a rheumatologist she could recommend, and she said yes. She did the referral, and this rheumatologist has great online reviews, but I was so disappointed to have to wait until September to see her. I don't understand why it takes so long to get a first appointment. When I go to this doctor's website, it automatically shows her next available appointments, and they show availability in June. I'm assuming it's only for established patients but geez! Seems like there would be new patient availability before September!